EVEN BEFORE "BORN TO RUN" WAS RELEASED..END OF SUMMER, '75..SPRINGSTEEN WAS ALREADY GOD-LIKE IN NEW JERSEY, WHERE I LIVED AT THE TIME. I HAD DISCOVERED "THE BOSS" THE YEAR BEFORE, WHEN MY JERSEY-NATIVE ROOMMATE TURNED ME ON TO "THE WILD, THE INNOCENT, AND THE E STREET SHUFFLE." SPRINGSTEEN'S LYRICAL IMAGERY ON THAT ALBUM WAS POETRY TO ME..AND TOLD STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE & PLACES I ENCOUNTERED IN THE GARDEN STATE, ESPECIALLY ALONG THE JERSEY SHORE.
FROM MY VIEW.."BORN TO RUN" WAS A NATURAL EXTENSION OF THE PREVIOUS ALBUM. "ROSALITA" BECAME "BORN TO RUN"…"NEW YORK CITY SERENADE" EVOLVED INTO "JUNGLELAND." THE CHARACTERS IN THE TUNES CONTINUED THEIR SEARCH..FOR LOVE, FOR MONEY, FOR HOPE..—AN ESCAPE FROM THEIR DESPAIR..? THE MUSIC WAS EPIC, AND BRUCE'S DELIVERY WAS PASSIONATE.
LISTENING TO "BORN TO RUN" NOW, TRANSPORTS ME BACK TO THAT TIME, AND PLACE..THE JERSEY SUBURBS, WITH OCCASIONAL JAUNTS TO NEW YORK CITY. –BRUCE PAINTS A PICTURE OF THOSE GRITTY STREETS, AND ITS INHABITANTS. SPRINGSTEEN ALWAYS CLAIMED HE WANTED TO SOUND LIKE "ROY ORBISON SINGING BOB DYLAN, PRODUCED BY PHIL SPECTOR (THE WALL OF SOUND)." I THINK HE GOT IT RIGHT.
Bon Jovi has been sending out several lyric videos over the last few weeks in an effort to preview their forthcoming album, Burning Bridges due out next week.
The track is called "A Teardrop to the Sea." Check it out below.
In an interview with Esquire magazine, Keith Richards covered many areas including how he thought The Beatles got a little bit carried away in the late 60's.
Esquire: I've been thinking about Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper, and The White Album and listening to Beggars â¨Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main St. Over the past 20 years, I've â¨listened to that Stones stuff far more often.
Keith: No, I understand—the â¨Beatles sounded great when they were the Beatles. But there's not a lot of roots in that music. I think they got carried away. Why not? If you're the Beatles in the '60s, you just get carried away—you forget what it is you wanted to do. You're starting to do Sgt. Pepper. Some people think it's a genius album, but I think it's a mishmash of rubbish, kind of like Satanic Majesties—"Oh, if you can make a load of shit, so can we."
Just when you thought the Grateful Dead were done, it looks like they are not. Three of the Dead's "core four" players -- guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann will play with John Mayer on guitar. It will be a Halloween night date at New York's Madison Square Garden, where the Grateful Dead had played more than 50 times in their career. More on the story...
Tom Petty is about to re-release his Wildflowers record of added tracks titled Wildflowers: All the Rest. It will showcase songs recorded between 1992-94 and complete the record that Petty originally intended to have as a double album. Here's a taste of a song co-written with Mike Campbell, "Somewhere Under Heaven."
It has been an ugly year for U2. From the controversial download of their new album, to Bono falling off a bike, to The Edge falling off a stage. Now comes word that their longtime touring manager was found dead in his hotel room.
They won't be touring in our area (yet), but Neil Young has announced he is teaming up with two of Willie Nelson's sons, Lukas and Micah with a new band he's calling The Promise of the Real. In fact they will attack Monsanto in a record called The Monsanto Years due June 16th. They are planning on going out on tour, but no dates are scheduled for Northern California. Watch them do a new song live below.
Roger Waters said he was done with "The Wall," but it looks like that may not actually be true. He may not tour behind the concept again, but a documentary on his tour is coming to theaters. Look for it on September 29th. It will screen all over the world including throughout the Sacramento area. Look for an “in conversation” segment with Waters as well as great footage of the tour as it visited France and Italy.
In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mick Jagger talks about the Stones new tour, as well as playing Sticky Fingers in it's entirety, retirement and recording another record. Also, how he gets prepared for a tour.
RS: How do you prepare for a tour like this? Do you have a personal trainer?
MJ: I just up the whole fitness thing, and I do have a trainer that I've had for years. I'm always working out. I don't really stop between tours, but then I do have to take it up to another level about three months before one begins. You have to prepare for what you're going to do. You don't prepare for running a marathon. You do start and stop stuff. You train for the quick burst. It's really hard to do the singing at the same time. I'll be doing cross-training and my trainer is going, "Try and sing during this!" That's not really possible in a gym in front of other people. [Laughs]
Sammy Hagar put it together last year, and n ow he's doing it again. Acoustic 4 a Cure with many great acts which includes himself, James Hefield of Metallica, Pat Monahan from Train, Joe Satriani and a few others. Tickets will go quickly as they did last year. For more info, check out their website.